Our Team

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John Stephanus

President

As the son of the founding family of Epic Asset Management, John had the opportunity to learn the Real Estate business first hand.

In 1976, while getting a degree in Economics at the University of Washington, John bought a 30-unit apartment building and restored it while completing his schooling. Following this, he personally restored several small multi-unit apartment complexes and turned them into business successes. John steadily grew the business into a successful property management operation and took over running the family portfolio of properties in 1981. In 1984, John strategically diversified his holdings into several property service companies which became business successes, and which have served to strengthen the company’s core property management business. In addition to being a driven and successful real estate professional, John’s special talents are in the identification and valuation of properties, and subsequent purchase negotiations. For the last five years, John has tutored University of Washington Economics Majors through the UW’s mentorship program.
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Andrew Hermer

Executive Vice President

Andrew joined Epic Asset Management in 2014 with an extensive background in multifamily property management.

He began his real estate career after working in securities investments and construction sales. Andrew started in multi-family as a Portfolio Manager with HSC Real Estate in Southern California and then in Seattle. He continued on to BRE in Seattle, Portland and the Bay Area as a Regional Manager, then to Carmel Partners as Vice President of Residential Services. He was then at Arcadia Management Services Co. for nine years as the Director of Property Management. With his combined knowledge and work experience, he has developed a refined understanding of what goes into building and maintaining a premium multi-family brand. Andrew has driven the marketing presence, financial results and capital campaigns on the Epic owned assets. He launched the Epic Management Services division in 2016 to offer fee management services and is active in the ongoing development of new assets for the Epic owned portfolio.
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Tim O’Leary, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Tim is a West Coast native with over 30 strong years of real estate accounting and finance experience.

He has a business degree and emphasis in Accounting from California State University, Long Beach and received his CPA certification from the state of California. After 7 years working in a CPA firm in California, he has spent the past 23 years of his career working throughout Washington, Oregon and California for both public and privately held real estate companies. He has contributed his knowledge of real estate asset management and operations, development / construction, strategic planning, financial reporting, strong communication skills and much more to the success of these companies. Epic Asset Management is thrilled to utilize his strong skill-set towards their portfolio of properties encompassing the Greater Puget Sound Region.
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Steve Nelson

Vice President of Development

Steve is an accomplished and successful executive with extensive leadership experience in all aspects of Real Estate development.

Steve is an accomplished and successful executive with extensive leadership experience in all aspects of Real Estate development. After graduating from the University of Nebraska College of Architecture, he joined Schwenn & Associates Architects in Phoenix where he later became VP. He later moved to Seattle and became a part of the executive team overseeing the largest biotech project in the northwest prior to starting his own design firm. He also managed design and construction for high-rise and commercial developments in conjunction with the development firm Urban Partners. Prior to joining Epic, he was Senior Construction Manager for Equity Residential’s northern CA office overseeing design, construction and delivery of a number of development projects throughout the Bay area. As VP of Development, Steve leads Epic’s ground-up activities from site due diligence, to all aspects of project design, entitlements and construction. With a keen eye for detail, he brings over 40 years of experience to the firm, having overseen the design and development of over 3,000 multifamily units, as well as over 4 million sf of commercial property in AZ, CA and the Northwest, with total development costs exceeding $4 billion.
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Michael Hogue

Senior Regional Manager & Designated Broker

Michael began his property management career in Phoenix, AZ in 1983 after attending Brigham Young and Arizona State University where he studied Business Management.

His first property management position was working for Balcor Property Management. He held many different positions with Balcor from Maintenance Supervisor to Multi-site Manager. In 1985, he went to work for Picerne Real Estate Group as a Junior Regional Manager. Over the next 5 years, he managed a diverse range of property investments and rose to the position of Vice President. Eventually, he took a position with Harsch Investments, LLC working out of the Phoenix regional office. In 1998, an opening occurred in the Pacific Northwest regional office and he chose to transfer to Seattle. In 2004, he joined ConAm Management where he spent more than 12 years working with a variety of third-party investment owners. An ideal opportunity presented itself for him to join Epic Asset Management in July 2016. Michael obtained his Washington Managing Broker’s license and acts as the Designated Broker. In his current role as Senior Regional Manager, he manages both Epic owned and third-party fee managed properties. Michael continues to seek out fee management opportunities and helps craft the Request for Proposals for those opportunities.
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Amy Williams

Vice President of Epic Management Services

Amy L. Williams has a rich history in multifamily development, management and brokerage in the Pacific Northwest.

Formerly a senior leader at Security Properties, Williams has also worked for Greystar, Hoyt Realty Group and Trammell Crow Residential. Amy’s 25-year Real Estate career has on the pre-development and successful delivery of more than 35 mixed-use high-rise and mid-rise communities spanning the Pacific Northwest. Williams was a key member of the award-winning project team that received the National Association of Industrial Properties (NAIOP) High Rise Residential Project of the Year Award for Kinects Tower (2018). As a knowledge leader in the real estate sector, Williams is an accomplished public speaker, most recently providing industry insights at the Marcus & Millichap IPA Multifamily Forum in Seattle. Williams has a Principal Broker real estate license in Oregon and a Managing Broker real estate license in Washington. She holds professional affiliations with the National Apartment Association, National Association of Realtors, Washington Multifamily Housing Association and Portland Metro Association of Realtors. Williams is also a patron of Seattle Art Museum, a supporter of the Cascade AIDS Project and former board member of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. She is also a member of the Downtown Seattle Association, Pearl District Business Association and Pearl District Neighborhood Association.
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Merrill Kelley

Regional Manager

Merrill brings over 25 years of experience to managing real estate to Epic Asset Management.

She was an Asset Manager for a local NW firm who eventually took the company public with one of the first IPO’s for a REIT in the NW. Merrill stayed with the REIT as a VP through 2 mergers and acquisitions with 114 communities operating in 8 states. During that time, she opened 20 plus new communities, facilitated the implementation of new technology platforms and capital initiatives. She eventually returned to local management with an emphasis on new construction, repositioning and renovations. Merrill’s focus with Epic Asset Management is utilizing her facilitation and implementation capacities for the new platforms we continue to deploy. Her efforts support the marketing and branding endeavors while directly managing a large portfolio. Merrill continues to focus on building the best teams to maximize asset performance. Merrill is a CPM candidate.
Nick Abernathy

Nick Abernathy

Portfolio Maintenance Director

Nick has over 17 years of experience in the Multifamily Industry.

He began his multifamily career in 2002 and has held multiple positions since. Prior to joining Epic Asset Management in 2019, Nick held positions as a Maintenance Technician, Maintenance Supervisor, Senior Maintenance Supervisor and Regional Maintenance Supervisor. During this time, he was able to obtain experience on many different types of properties ranging from garden style to high rise. Through this, he has had the opportunity to oversee renovations, new development and the lease-up process. Nick currently holds his EPA Certification and is in the process of obtaining his 07B electrical license and CAMT credentials.
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David Gorman

Development Project Manager

David was born and raised in the Scottish Highlands before making his way to New York City.

He worked as a Project Manager on several projects throughout New York City until eventually heading West to Seattle to take on a similar role. In Seattle, he developed his skills and gained experience working in a rapidly growing city. He is excited to continue his career and put his skills to use for the Epic Asset Management Development team.
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Doug Frelin

Regional Maintenance Manager

Doug is a Pacific Northwest native with a passion for this beautiful landscape and his community.

He began his career in the multi-family industry in 2011 as a Maintenance Technician for Epic Asset Management. Over the past 8 years, he has earned a series of promotions and is now a Regional Maintenance Manager. His professional background is in residential remodel and new construction with a trade degree in Carpentry and Technology from Bates Technical College. His collective knowledge and skill, along with fine craftsmanship make him an asset to the maintenance program as a mentor, trainer and advisor for capital projects and renovations. For his outstanding performance, Epic Asset has nominated him multiple times for the Emerald Awards and in 2018 he won Maintenance Technician 300+ Units.
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Chelsey Hanson-Reeb

Executive Assistant

As the Executive Assistant, Chelsey works on the continuous structural improvement of Epic’s brand presence and market position as well as coordinates corporate events and internal flow.

Chelsey grew up in Vancouver, WA, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington State University-Pullman, and came to Epic with three years of Property Management expertise as well as experience in the Hospitality Management industry. Chelsey spearheads Corporate Event Planning, Fee Management Proposal writing, Vendor Management and many more vital workflows that complement Epic’s everyday objectives.